Ramesh Sunam

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Ramesh Sunam
Ramesh Sunam
Waseda University
Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS)
Job title
Assistant Professor
PhD(Australian National University, ANU, Australia), MA(Australian National University, ANU), BA(Tribhuvan University, Nepal)
Research funding number


Dr. Ramesh Sunam is Assistant Professor at the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS), Waseda University, Tokyo. After completing a JSPS postdoctoral fellowship at the United Nations University (UNU), Tokyo, he joined the Waseda University from May 2019. Dr Sunam earned his Ph.D. from the Australian National University (ANU) in 2015. His research focuses on international migration (both regular and irregular), precarity, poverty and rural transformation in the global South. He has extensively published about 15 peer-reviewed articles, most appearing in well-respected, leading international journals, such as the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, the Journal of Peasant Studies, and the Anthropological Forum. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled ‘Transnational labour mobilities, poverty and agrarian change in Nepal’ to be published soon through a reputed academic press.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

May 2019
Assistant Professor, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University
Oct 2016
Oct 2018
JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, United Nations University
Mar 2016
Oct 2016
Research Fellow, Irregular Migration Research Programme & Red Elephant, Australia
Jul 2013
Feb 2016
Research & Teaching Associate, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (ANU)


Mar 2011
Dec 2015
Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (ANU)

Published Papers

Ramesh Sunam, Jagannath Adhikari
Anthropological Forum   26(3) 248-261   Jul 2016   [Refereed]
Hemant R. Ojha, Dil B. Khatri, Krishna K. Shrestha, Basundhara Bhattarai, Jagadish C. Baral, Bimbika Sijapati Basnett, Keshab Goutam, Ramesh Sunam, Mani R. Banjade, Sudeep Jana, Bryan Bushley, Sindhu Prasad Dhungana, Dinesh Paudel
Society & Natural Resources   29(3) 1-373   Jan 2016   [Refereed]
Ramesh K. Sunam, John F. McCarthy
The Journal of Peasant Studies   43(1) 39-63   Jul 2015   [Refereed]
RameshKumar Sunam, Dipak Bishwokarma, KumarBahadur Darjee
Conservat Soc   13(2) 179-188   2015   [Refereed]
Sunam R, Goutam K.
Himalaya   35(1) 91-102   2015   [Refereed]
Ramesh Sunam
Journal of Agrarian Change   17(1) n/a-80   2015   [Refereed]
Hemant R. Ojha, Mani R. Banjade, Ramesh K. Sunam, Basundhara Bhattarai, Sudeep Jana, Keshab R. Goutam, Sindhu Dhungana
Forest Policy and Economics   46 1-9   Sep 2014   [Refereed]
Sunam R.
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies   40(12) 2030-2048   2014   [Refereed]
Ramesh Sunam, Govinda Paudel
J. Forest & Livelihood   10(1)    Sep 2013   [Refereed]
Ramesh K. Sunam, Naya S. Paudel, Govinda Paudel
Society & Natural Resources   26(12) 1407-1421   2013   [Refereed]
R. K Sunam, J. F McCarthy
International Forestry Review   12(4) 370-382   2010   [Refereed]
Ramesh K. Sunam, Mani Ram Banjade, Naya S. Paudel, Dil Bahadur Khatri
SSRN Journal      [Refereed]


[Policy Brief] Governance and National Implementation of the 2030 Agenda: Lessons from Voluntary National Reviews. UNU-IAS Policy Brief Series. United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability.
Ramesh Sunam
   2019   [Refereed]
[Policy Brief] Implementing the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific: Insights from Voluntary National Reviews. UNU-IAS Policy Brief Series. United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability.
Ramesh Sunam
   2018   [Refereed]
[Book review] Review of Dalit in the Nepali Media: Participation and the Content by J. B. Bishwokarma. Himalaya, 34(1): 142-43.
Ramesh Sunam
   2014   [Refereed]

Books etc

[Book chapter] People smuggling in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka’. In Coyne, J., Nyst, M. (eds). People smugglers globally
Ramesh Sunam (Part:Joint Work)
Australian Strategic Policy Institute   2017   
[Book chapter] South Asia: Migrant Smuggling Data and Research’, in: McAuliffe, M.L., Laczko, F. (eds.), Migrant Smuggling Data and Research: A global review of the emerging evidence base
Ramesh Sunam (Part:Joint Work)
International Organization for Migration   2016   
[Book chapter] The significance of foreign labour migration and land for poverty reduction in Nepal’, in: Heshmati, A., Maasoumi, E., Wan, G. (eds.), Poverty reduction policies and practices in developing Asia.
Ramesh Sunam
Springer   2015   

Conference Activities & Talks

South-South Transnational Labour Migration and Precarity
Ramesh Sunam
Mobility and the Future of Work   7 Nov 2019   
The Nexus Between Transnational Labour Migration, Precarity and Urbanisation: The Emergence of Locally Scattered Livelihoods in Rural Nepal
Ramesh Sunam
Migrations: Movement of People, Ideas, and Goods at the Waseda University (Oct. 16-17, 2019).   17 Oct 2019   
Contentious Affirmative Action Policy of Nepal: Reinterpreting Key Narratives [Invited]
Ramesh Sunam
International Symposium on Politics of Dignity and Social Justice: Voices of Emerging Change Makers in Nepal   14 Aug 2018   
Anthropology of rural migration/outmigration
Ramesh Sunam
8th IUAES World Congress   17 Jul 2018   
Implications of international migration for poverty, land and agriculture in Nepal [Invited]
Ramesh Sunam
What does migration mean on the home front? Implications for land and social change in Nepal   16 Dec 2017   
Are young people leaving farming and rural areas? Understanding the interconnections between migration and rural development in the Global South
Ramesh Sunam
Sustainability interrogated: societies, growth, and social justice   8 Sep 2017   
Gendered Migration and Access to Land and Food’
Ramesh Sunam
Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Conference   7 Jul 2016   
The Great Transformation in South Asia: Feminization of Agriculture and Implications for Food Security
Ramesh Sunam
International Symposium on Food Security   12 Aug 2015   
Foreign labour migration and subaltern Dalits in Nepal: reconfiguring economic and social relations
Ramesh Sunam
International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) with JASCA Conference   18 May 2014   
Geographies of mobilities and implications for rural places
Ramesh Sunam
Himalayan Studies Conference, Yale University   8 Nov 2014   
Mobility of out of poverty in South Asia’, Rethinking Environmental Futures in Asia and the Pacific
Ramesh Sunam
Research School of Asia and the Pacific (RSAP) Conference   15 Nov 2013   
Transnational labour migration shaping food security and food sovereignty in South Asia
Ramesh Sunam
Australian Anthropological Society (AAS) Annual Conference   7 Nov 2013   
Revitalizing traditional agriculture for food security and climate change
Ramesh Sunam
International Workshop on Climate Change Mitigation with Local Community and Indigenous Peoples, United Nations University (UNU), Cairns   28 Mar 2012   

Teaching Experience